Permaculture at Tierra del Sol

When I looked over the fence from Tierra del Sol into the next farm, I saw rows of corn stalks, withered and dried, stretching out practically to the foot of the hills – the remnants of the previous harvest. I saw an enormous monoculture, dependent on one crop, concerned with extracting maximum production from the … Continue reading

La Preciosita

In La Preciosita, a small migrant community village about an hour outside of Puebla, Mexico, the streets are quiet when the sun is at its peak. The air is dry and still. The hills unfold endlessly outward, dotted with maguey plants with leaves spread wide like a hawk in flight. About 1/6 of the Puebla … Continue reading

A Coffee Plantation in Oaxaca

My professor, Dr. Carolyn Dimitri, who is leading our class’s trip to Mexico, asked me to write a guest post on her blog. You can read the original post  here. Monday was a day of ascents: we rode up the mountain from Oaxaca to San Augustin Loxicha over the course of five hypnotizing hours filled … Continue reading

Big Money, Soda Taxes, and GMOs

Note: this article first appeared in Construction Lit Mag. While big money did not win out in the presidential election (see: the amount of money spent by Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove’s Super PAC, and its success rate in the races it tried to influence), when it came to food issues on the ballot in California, … Continue reading

The French Food Chronicles, Part III: Synthesis

Note: this article first appeared on Construction Lit Mag. Though I was in Paris, at the Marché Raspail, and the presence of French speakers shouldn’t have surprised me at all, when I heard the French language around me at that particular moment, I knew that something special, something new was happening. It was lunch hour on a … Continue reading

The Education of a Situated Eater

Note: this article was first posted on Construction Lit Mag. The French Food Chronicles, part 2: the Education of a Situated Eater The cows turned the corner, looked up and hesitated, unsure about the strange crowd standing near the entrance to the barn. We were lined up with cameras and notepads like paparazzi . But there was little … Continue reading

A Meta-Meta-Analysis

A Stanford University meta-analysis (a study of other studies [which makes this post a sort of meta-meta-analysis and will commence the world turning in on itself]) released today questions whether there are any health benefits to eating organic produce or meat. It is worth reading about the study – here are reports from The New … Continue reading

GMOs in California

This November, California voters will have their say on Proposition 37, which if passed would require all food sold in California supermarkets to be labelled if it contains GMOs (genetically modified organisms, which are modified with foreign genes to create something that would not be found naturally). Check out this helpful infographic about GMOs. Lobbyists … Continue reading

7 Billion People

Today I attended a panel discussion at the WNYC Studios in SoHo entitled “How Do We Feed a Planet of 7 Billion?” It was hosted by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, and Worldwatch Institute. The session doubled as a book launch for Eating Planet: Nutrition Today – A Challenge for Mankind and the … Continue reading

In the Jura Mountains

There is an ineffable quality to this landscape in the French countryside. You can try to articulate what you see. You can try through metaphor, as countless poets have, to deliver truth to a reader by making the unfamiliar into the familiar, comparing the rolling hills to ocean waves, applying rationality to an experience way … Continue reading